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Revitalize Your Body: Exploring Strapping, IASTM, Dry Cupping, and Dry Needling Techniques

Updated: Apr 29

Part 1. An introduction. A little about my toolbox and how these tools help me help you

Dr Rebecca Martorelli on the left of the photo in a RockTape shirt next to her colleague Beth Smith, sport massage therapist, UK, at a dry cupping course in Nottingham September 2023

So I am a trained diversified Chiropractor. Chiropractors as you well know are trained practitioners that work with their hands, our work is physical and the goal is to guide your body into it's best position possible to establish that brain-body connection.

To be "diversified" means that my skills and techniques are a mix of several techniques practiced by Chiropractors world wide. Diversified Chiropractic is the most utilised Chiropractic technique because it can encompass so many brilliant bits that it borrows from other techniques. Some of which that I use are from Gonstead, SOT, Thompson, Activator, Webster, Logan, Instrument assisted (Arthrostim) and extremity adjustments.

I have taken my techniques and skills further and am trained and certified in dry needling, strapping (kinesotape), instrument assisted soft tissue massage (aka. IASTM) and dry cupping. I love to use these add-ons only if I feel that add benefit to the session.

I feel like I can sound like quiet a meanie but when we look at the soft tissue aspect- it feels great to work into the soft tissue but I often have to say to practice members there is such a thing as doing too much.

Always the goal with coming in for care with me is to achieve balance in your body and a strong brain-body connection. Sometimes very tight muscles from poor posture from your desk job disrupts or makes relaxing into your cervical adjustment tough so I need to dry needle your traps and levator cap muscles. Sometimes your hamstrings are so tight, throwing off your glutes making your sacrum and lumber adjustments difficult so I will use dry cupping to decompress the area and ease the movement in so your body will respond favourably to the adjustment.

Dr Rebecca Martorelli holding a silver Rock blade working on the forearm of a practice member. You can see Dr Rebecca's pink shirt and her right hand gliding the Rock Blade up the arm. Very little force/pressure is being used.

What you won't find me doing is using the soft tissue "just because". Each modality or technique carries a purpose. If they are used without purpose or intention it is possible to over stimulate the nervous system and some of the impact of the adjustments get lost or the body will take a longer time to heal.

In blog articles to come I will dive into kinesotaping, IASTM, dry cupping & dry needling. As I offer all these in house I feel it would be fun to show off some examples of how they can be used, who responds best to them and what each different technique aims to achieve.

Yours in health,
Dr Rebecca Martorelli, Chiropractor

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